And what about the seemingly eternal Russian anti-Semitism? And with less common, perhaps, but Russophobia taking place on Jewish sites?
However, the title of this article is not a provocation, but the result of a calm, weighted analysis.
The technology of the proposed analysis is extremely simple.
We study the arguments, not looking at the prevailing historical stereotypes, but using only dry facts, without emotional coloring and prejudice.
Only this approach allows us to achieve correct results: I have been working in experimental physics for a long time, and I know from myself how any judgment that has taken shape before the experiment can interfere with the research. It's so tempting to adjust the result to the existing theory!
Consider first the arguments that contradict the stated assumption. Moreover, they just scream about themselves.
1. "Russians and Jews: 200 years of mutual claims."
In fact, this is complete nonsense, a steady myth. Never did the Jews and the Russians oppose each other precisely as nations. Never!
During the vile pogroms, some Russians killed Jews, others saved. For each Black Hundreds, there was a Korolenko and Chekhov. Even not so: kind and decent people in Russia have always been much more than mean and cruel. At least in relation to the Jews. If it were different, then the Jews in Russia simply would not have remained, as they disappeared, for example, in Spain and Portugal. Or, not by the night, be it said, in Hitler's Germany.
And another thing: there would be no Jews left in Europe at all if it were not for the Red Army. I do not want to detract from the most serious role of the Allies, without their help it would have been much harder, but an all-out war eventually won the infantry. And it was the Soviet infantry.
Allegedly, evil Russian anti-Semitism is actually much more external than internal. Rather, a trace of some life dissatisfaction than a deliberate weighted (ie, IDEAL) approach, as it was, for example, in Germany.
No wonder every Russian anti-Semite has personal Jewish friends.
I’m not talking about the tragicomic cases when the “professional” anti-Semites suddenly found out with horror about their Jewish roots - too much was mixed up in the Oblonsk’s house.
The same applies to the "standard" claims of Russians to Jews. Yes, the latter were enough in the Cheka and in the Bolshevik government (before the war, at least), for various, in general, understandable reasons. But they were fierce not because they were Jews, and not at all in relation to the Russians. In relation to the Jews - no less, if not more. Because it was not at all the Russian-Jewish "disassembly", as some are trying to portray today. The revolution that broke the back of old Russia did not come out of nowhere, and did not go anywhere. The brothers shot at the brothers not on a national basis, but for an IDEA. And, as you know, it is for her that the greatest possible amount of innocent blood is always shed. Maybe that's why I always strongly fear especially ideological.
Now about the Jews Russophobes. Here, in general, the same picture. They sit bezvylazno on Russian-language sites and pour slop on their former homeland and fellow citizens. Any practicing psychologist will tell you why. Because, oddly enough, Russia and the Russians occupy too much space in their hearts for them to simply forget. And if there were only bad things behind, then it would be much easier to forget.
So, is anti-Semitism a dummy?
Of course not. Personally, for example, I came across him many times, sometimes only insulting and disgusting.
But how can I become a Russophobe because of this, if my whole long life, very generally pleasant and interesting, is connected with Russia, the Russian language and culture, and finally the Russian people?
To criticize Russia, its power, its laws, its roads and its fools - here I have somewhere to roam. But hating is sorry. It's like hating yourself.
2. Tell me who your friend is.
The second argument about the impossibility of a strategic partnership between Russia and Israel is the close relationship of the latter with the United States. Like "friend of my enemy."
However, this consideration, upon closer inspection, does not stand serious criticism.
Of course, the close relationship between the US and Israel is foolish to deny. But it is no less silly to consider Israel an obedient guide for American interests. This country since its birth lives in such a violent environment that often American interests become really dangerous for Israel. And then the actions of the countries fundamentally diverge. Mutual dislike of Obama and Netanyahu has long been the talk of the town.
By the way, the United States did not always stand on the side of Israel. In the first war, when the question of the very existence of Israel was being resolved, support from the USSR was much more significant.
Of course, in the following decades the USSR took an openly pro-Arab position, touchingly, though unresponsively, loving its new allies. However, it is clear that the USSR spoke not so much against Israel, as again against the United States.
The bipolar world has disappeared - the antagonism between Russia and Israel has disappeared.
It can be argued that confrontation between Russia and the United States is growing again. It grows, it grows, but I am sure that it will never reach the same heat. Why? Because there are no IDEAL disagreements. Each country cares about their own interests, not trying to destroy the other. No more.
In other words, it is no longer an ideological hostility, but an economic one. In business, however, military methods of solving problems are unprofitable for everyone.
Opponents may object to me, reminding now about the alliance of Russia with Iran, which has repeatedly promised to wipe Israel off the ground.
This is actually a serious problem. However, in my opinion, it also does not put an end to the strategic partnership of Russia and Israel. And that's why.
First, Iran and Russia are situational allies. Type "against whom we are friends." In fact, there are enough zones of acute controversy between them. One question of the division of the Caspian is worth something. Plus competition in the hydrocarbon sector.
The same applies to the notorious Hezbollah. Russia is quite satisfied that its fighters “wet the toilet” of the Alkayidians and the igilovs. But it is unlikely that Russia is planning closer relations with Nasrallah chicks. They after all killed not only Israelis, but also Russian diplomats.
Secondly, in my deep conviction, Iran is also not so terrible an enemy of Israel, as it could have been ten years ago. Yes, he has a big army. Yes, he is a sponsor of the aforementioned Hezbollah. Yes, Israel is forced to hold Iran at gunpoint. But I already have serious doubts about the potentially bloody Iranian religious IDEA. Iran is not the same as in Khomeini. Everything was civilized, settled, bureaucratic. I do not believe that Iran will really try to erase someone from a geographical map, knowing that in response they will instantly erase him. He is not so "perfect" for this. Although he is unlikely to stop training saboteurs and give Hezbollah more modern weapons. And, accordingly, the Israelis are unlikely to stop destroying the forays and their weaponif they go over the “red lines” well known to both sides. At least in the near future.
However, progress is possible here: Lebanon is not only Hezbollah. And Iran and Israel do not even border each other.
Well, now you can move from the arguments "against" to the arguments "for".
3. Part of a single people.
The first point is obvious. Israel is the only country in the world, except Russia, where the knowledge of the Russian language will really allow communicating with the locals throughout the territory. Of course, this does not mean that all Israelis speak Russian. But in any place - in a cafe, firm, scientific or official institution - they will instantly find a voluntary interpreter. Former Israeli Foreign Minister Lieberman, arriving in Russia, did not need a translator.
And, by the way, the matter is not only in a common language, although it also means a lot. The mentality of almost a quarter (!) Of Israelis is very close to the mentality of the average Russian. Because it is part of the same society.
And this is serious. The similarity of reactions can be seen on a huge number of examples. Take at least a reaction to external threats. The Russians are ready to sit without pants, but build rockets and do not allow to encroach on their sovereignty. The Israelis are ready to fight anyone, at least one against a hundred, but not give their land to many who want it. They serve both boys and girls. Competition in the landing party - as in a prestigious university.
The reaction to the criticism of their homeland is just as similar. Himself gnawed as you like: the government, the bosses, any shortcomings. But a very jealous attitude to the criticism of "not your own."
And so - in many ways, if not in all.
4. Terrorists and sanctions.
The threats of our two countries are also common. This is terrorism. But if Russia has the most concern in this regard, there are several border regions, then tiny Israel is surrounded by “well-wishers” entirely. Inside there are also enough people willing to drink Jewish blood.
Of course, other countries faced the threat of terrorism, including the United States, Britain, France, and Spain. However, only Russia and Israel are forced to wage war against Islamic terrorism almost continuously. Moreover, from time to time, clashes with radicals move here from the state of "anti-gerily" into full-fledged military operations.
And only Russia and Israel suffer permanent significant losses in this endless war. Note, not only the military, not only among the civilian population, not only financial.
And, oddly enough, it is these two countries that bear the brunt of the fight against terrorism, have experienced the most unfriendly attitude of "all progressive humanity."
The latest example from the Middle East is a recent case in Jerusalem. Three unpleasant people came to hunt for Jews. Packed as they should: the “Carl Gustav” machine gun, explosives and, of course, knives. It was brewing megateract. Fortunately (and at the same time to the trouble) two girls from MAGAV (border guards) stopped the scum. One at the cost of his young (nineteen) life. The second is at the cost of a serious injury. Running up the police professionally sent the terrorists to the Guries.
And what about this, writes "progressive press"? The headline in the English BBC, almost verbatim: "Israeli police shot three Palestinians." And if only in the "Air Force"! The Minister of Defense of Sweden is simply furious with ... without a court of constant destruction of terrorists on Israeli streets! That is, the terrorist shoots women and children, cuts them with a knife, and a police officer or armed Israeli must invite a lawyer to him at the same time.
There is an expression in the English language - “useful idiots”. So, in recent times it sometimes seems to me that in the West they are given birth in packs straight. In this case, idiots are useful terrorists.
Now back to Russia. She, it turns out, is also doing everything wrong. In Syria, bombs are not only igilovtsev and "An-Nusru", but others, such as "moderate". And how do they differ from each other, useful idiots know? It’s not hard, in the presence of the Internet, to find the acts of both. Nearly live. The same actions in the same sound frame.
Israel, of course, is in the same row as Russia. When, after several years of continuous rocket attacks on Israeli cities, he did break Gaza (incredibly, by the way, by military standards, neatly), then everyone condemned him. And not only morally. Lepish friend of Israel, the United States, so generally banned promptly replenish the stock of bombs.
This is during the war!
So, Russia and Israel behave, from the point of view of “progressive humanity,” absolutely wrong. So they need to be punished. And now “civilized Europe” denounces the sham war of Israel (Brezhnev, wake up!), Calling for its boycott, and imposes sanctions against Russia. A less civilized Turkey sends bandyugans to Gaza aboard the Marmars and knocks down the Russian Su-24, which bombed the regular martyrs.
... Then they can tell me: "Man, slow down!"
In fact, the sanctions against Russia and the boycott (plus the marking of goods produced behind the green line) of Israel are introduced, it seems, not for opposing the terrorists, but for territorial seizures. And territorial seizures are not good.
Okay, let's take a quick look at the issue of grabs.
All the time that Israel lives, he fights off the superior enemy forces. At the same time, the adversary does not hide that if all the same his victory happens, he will cut out all the Jews. A uncut drowned in the Mediterranean. It was in these wars that Israel took some land. With whom he reconciled - gave back. For example, Sinai - Egypt.
Jerusalem, the Jewish capital of many thousands, will not give up for sure. Golan Heights - unknown. For example, I would not give it away - for too long, for decades, they were constantly shelling Israeli territory from them. They even shot at individual tractors in kibbutzim. Now here, for the past forty years, do not shoot.
And yet - captures are present.
And Russia, in general, grabbed a whole peninsula.
Breaking the contract? Yes of course. It would be foolish to deny.
But the contract was not signed in conditions when fraternal Ukraine was about to become a member of the opposing military bloc.
And one more thing is important, which I personally researched unprofessionally. I, an absolutely unofficial person, interviewed over forty Crimean residents in a random sample about whether they wanted to be in Russia or in Ukraine. Result: forty-odd versus zero.
Why? Motivation is different, but the answer is one.
I admit that my survey is not completely correct. Well, so spend yours. The total vector does not exactly change. Too much of Ukraine’s stupid tricks with the Crimea and its inhabitants, may the Ukrainian friends forgive me for this passage (I understand how painful this topic is for them).
And yet, despite the opinion of the overwhelming majority of Crimeans, is it too dangerous to destroy the well-established notions of the inviolability of the postwar borders in Europe? Why, only these ideas were not destroyed by Russia at all. When Kosovo was taken away from Serbia, by the will of the Albanian population that came to a halt, and by NATO bombs, it was then that the inviolability of the European borders was blown to the hell.
However, the conversation is not about that. And about the kinship of Russia and Israel, both in the fight against terrorism (tough!) And in the issues of sanctions.
5. Meaning - he or common, or not sense.
There is another relationship. I would call it the presence of common sense, based on historical experience, including extremely sad. We have already partially discussed this point on the example of terrorism.
You can ideally shout that you can not bomb the city, from which you are constantly fired rockets. Like, there is not only terrorists. And the rockets are not very powerful. Yes, and people do not get every time.
But common sense does not allow a normal person to risk the lives of their children if he is able to stop this risk. And Gaza, albeit as carefully as possible, but brought to life, temporarily ceasing shelling.
They do the same in Russia, though not with such surgical precision.
Little Israel is being freed from the African migrants who flooded it (they have blown up crime that was incredible for these places and just hung around the neck of the state) - and again the whole “civilized world” is against. That is against common sense. Well, one country cannot feed the continent. And do not kill them, and forced to return to their homeland. What is the "unhealthy" here?
The current migrant crisis in Europe is the ideological rejection of common sense, which is never unpunished. I already wrote that I am most afraid of ideological leaders. They don't care what the experiment shows, and what common sense says. Because IDEA is above all.
And to pay, as always, is accounted for by a simple taxpayer. And okay, if only in money. In Cologne, the ladies were demanded not only money. And it will take quite a bit of time, and will have to pay with blood.
6. Huge and small.
In general, there are a lot of arguments in favor of a strategic partnership between Israel and Russia. I will stop on one more.
Russia is a huge country. Everything is gigantic in it: oil and gas reserves, distances, opportunities and needs of all levels.
Israel is a tiny country. Everything is small in it. True, the gas still appeared. Contrary to the anecdote stating that Moses drove the people in the desert for so long because he could not find a place free of hydrocarbons in the Middle East.
But in Israel, super advanced science. This does not mean that in Russia it is worse. But in Israel it was invented, for example, a flash drive and drip irrigation. By the way, people from Russia.
All these thousands of new technologies can bring trillions in any currency, be they replicated in giant Russia. It's one thing to take a super-harvest from a thousand hectares, another from a million. It is one thing to produce a thousand sets of medical equipment, another is a million. Yes, even talking to a colleague in the same language, in all senses of this expression.
Well, now summarize the results.
Yes, the idea of a strategic partnership between Russia and Israel today sounds, to put it mildly, unconventional. However, on closer examination, I see no PRINCIPLE reasons that would interfere with this. Technical, economic, mental and political - a million. But I see no principled ones.